Mary Jane Chase
Mary Jane Chase
Associate Professor
M.P. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University
Phone 801-832-2393
Office: Foster 211
  T 5:30pm 7pm, W 3:30pm 5pm, M 3:30pm 4pm, T 12:30pm 2pm

Areas of Experience

  • France in the Sixteenth Century
  • Definitions of Western Civilization
  • About Mary Jane Chase

    B.A., Honors: Renaissance Studies, Stanford University 1977
    Honors Thesis: "Marguerite d'Angouleme"

    M.A., Ph.D., Early Modern European History, Columbia University 1992
    Master's Thesis: "Sebastian Castellio"
    Dissertation: "Popular Piety in Sixteenth-Century Picardy: Amiens and the Rise of Private Devotions, 1500-1540"

    Born and raised in university towns (Evanston, IL and Ann Arbor, MI), the love of academia and a sense of humor drove me to spend the rest of my life in school. I fell in love with Paris at 16 (high school trip) and have tried to arrange my life ever since to have an excuse to return to France on a regular basis.

    My decision to come to Westminster College was the best professional and personal decision I ever made. If you've ever met the Westminster faculty and students you understand completely!

    Publications and Papers:

    “L’Échevinage d’Amiens 1500-1540,” Bulletin de la Société des Antiquaires de Picardie, 3e et 4e trimestres 2006, pp. 677-700.

    Review of Richard L. DeMolen (ed.), Religious Orders of the Catholic Reformation (NY: Fordham University Press, 1994) in Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, 1998, pp. 560-562.

    Two articles:  “Cathedrals:  Continental Europe” and “Monasteries:  Continental Europe” in Encyclopedia of the Reformation (NY:  Cambridge University Press, 1996).

    “Reformation” in Encyclopedia of Monasticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000).

    "Et aures habentes non auditis:  Getting the Message about Images in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” being revised for possible publication.

    "The Meaning of Blasphemy:  Evolution of a Concept in Practice in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,"  2011 Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium, Salt Lake City, UT

     “Et aures habentes non auditis: Getting the Message about Images in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” 2010 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

    Le miroir de la vie humaine:  Images and the Reformation in Catholic France,” 1993 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO.

    “The Uses of Prayerbeads:  Patenostres and Marian Devotions in Early Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” 1991 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    "Religious Objects as a Guide to Popular Piety in Sixteenth-Century Amiens," 1990 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO.


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